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You know me! I’m for natural makeup all the way! But sometimes I “slip” and go for a bold, sultry, smokey eye mostly on a special occasions like a night out or a party!

I’m not a makeup expert, but after many trials and errors I discovered that using a dark base for a night look it’s like having your smokey eye half done! My most used two smokey eye bases are the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #85 Mirifique and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #2 Lust Red.


With Mirifique I’m already on my third Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow. My first pick was Ébloui, a limited edition shade and my second was the permanent Mirage.

Released in the Fall of 2011, the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in #85 Mirifique is an intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow which offers true versatility. It can to be worn as an eyeshadow base, on its own as an all-over the lid colour or as an eyeliner.


As a base for my smokey eyes I used to use my MAC Black Tied eyeshadow, but there’s no comparison in terms of formula between the two. I absolutely adore the formula of these Chanel eyeshadows!

Mirifique is a really dark black with holographic shimmers, AND specks of silver glitter to it. An interesting combination of textures which makes it unique and gorgeous. It has that innovative Chanel gel texture that is both velvety and soft, but cushiony and bouncy at the same time. Now I find that my MAC Black Tied is too powdery and has a lot of fall-out, when Mirifique glides on the lid effortlessly and with no fall-out whatsoever.

It also acts like an “adhesive” for the other eyeshadows I layer on top of it and blends like a dream!


The other base I’ve recently discovered is the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #2 Lust Red. This one is made with Color-FilTM Technology which gives an innovative hybrid texture to it. Not a powder, nor a cream this eyeshadow acts like a smooth, lasting color film and with just one swoop, you can create a wet, shimmering smokey eye with a multidimensional effect thanks to the second pigment in it. It grants twenty four hours of full intensity colour wear, it’s crease proof, flake proof, waterproof and sweat-proof. So many “proof”s you might say, but I can guarantee you that it actually lives up to all these claims!

It comes in the form of a pressed pigment and it is a complex colour – a rich blackened, purple with burgundy undertones and with ruby-red, violet and blue coloured shimmers. I don’t know how much justice this description does to the actual colour but feel free to look at the picture above, since I somehow managed to catch it’s true colour that day for an Instagram post! 

Also, you are most welcomed to try your own, personalised description and share it in the comments below!


This is a smokey eye look I created using the Giorgio Armani #2 Lust Red as a base, a couple of Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows blended over it, and two coats of Chanel Le Volume Mascara on the lashes. The base is Dior Diorskin Star Foundation in the shade #010 Ivory, set with a bit of By Terry Hyaluronic-Hydra Powder in my t-zone, a bit of contouring using Burberry’s #07 Earthy Sheer Blush, and a bit of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure from my Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, and some highlighting using the limited edition shade Incandescent Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette. Brows, courtesy of Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in #02 Sepia and on the lips I have the Dior Universal Lip Liner topped with the Tom Ford Lip Colour in #07 Pink Dusk.


Here is a closer shoot of the smokey eye with #2 Lust Red as a base! I really hope you like how it turned out! 


And here you have a hand swatch of the two in daylight. On the left you have the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #2 Lust Red and on the right the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in #85 Mirifique.

What is your go-to base for smokey eyes my lovelies? Please share!

See you soon, Beautiful!

xx, Annie




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